The new cases in South Korea brought that country total to – more than half of them members of a secretive religious sect, their relatives or others who had gotten the virus from them. Another of the cases were patients or staff members at the Daenam Hospital in Cheongdo, where both South Koreans who have died of the virus had been admitted.
More than 1, 599 members of the sect, the Shincheonji Church of Jesus , have reported potential symptoms, and officials are still trying to locate 823 members so they can be screened.
In Iran, which insisted as recently as Tuesday that it had no cases, the virus may now have reached most major cities, including Tehran, and it has killed at least four people, according to health officials. Already, cases of travelers from Iran testing positive for the virus have turned up in Canada and Lebanon.
The United States now has
cases, with more expected , and Italy experienced a spike from three cases to and ordered mandatory quarantine measures.
“The cases that we see in the rest of the world, although the numbers are small, but not linked to Wuhan or China, it’s very worrisome, ”Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization, said Friday at a news conference at the agency’s headquarters in Geneva . “These dots are actually very concerning.”